Understanding the Use of Play as Therapy

Understanding the Use of Play as Therapy

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Anyone who spends any amount of time with young children understands that providing them with opportunities for play provides so much more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’. Play also allows children to relax, let off steam, develop social skills such as concentration and co-operation, encourages the development of the imagination, develops motor skills and teaches self-expression.

Play is a vital part of every child’s life, but it can have more far reaching benefits and when used properly and creatively it can help children who may be suffering from a range of emotional, social or physical difficulties. It can be vital in providing therapeutic support to children who have witnessed or suffered trauma and it can be used to help children who may have serious or life changing illnesses or health needs.

This course is going to look at the subject of play therapy. Its history, development, uses and current thinking.

It is aimed at Early years, Education or Children’s sector staff, parents or anyone with an interest in the subject who may want to know and understand it more.

By the end of this course learners will know and understand:

  • The history and basic theory about play therapy
  • How and when play therapy is used
  • The benefits of play therapy
  • What is Theraplay
  • Play therapy for children who have long term illness or health needs